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Tyan has boards with FB-DIMM risers, lots of them

Designs that catch the eye
Fri Jun 16 2006, 13:03
THE BIG NEWS from Tyan at Computex was the launch of the Typhoon mini-cluster on wheels, but it had a bunch of other good things at its stand.

One other neat thing on show was a motherboard with USB ports on the board. Not pin headers, actual USB ports.

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This falls into the 'why didn't I think of that' category, and makes too much sense not to do. I wish everyone did this with at least one port on the board.

Another offering that stood out was the Tempest S5382, a Blackford based Dempsey/Woodcrest board with 16 FBD slots.

Sixteen FBDs are not all that rare in this market, you can get them on a host of boards, but few, if any, do it on a riser. Tyan has two risers, eight FBD each. This leaves room for up to eight SAS ports, a ton of SATA, all while keeping things in a tidy form factor.

If you are looking to build a storage server, or other 'big box' rack mount, this has some interesting possibilities. µ

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